Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review of Billy And Me

‘Billy & Me’ Review

Billy and Me’ is such a clever book with many unexpected twists and good timing. A beautiful love story with heart break and vulnerability to piece the tale together, I was invested in the main character, Sophie May, from the first page. The book is split into four segments with Sophie, her mum, Molly and Billy being the main characters throughout the story. It is an intense read that really had my heart thumping throughout with a dark twist towards the end of the book. But what I think was great was - that after the life-changing event that occurs -life continues which I think Gi has captured beautifully. ‘The Way We Were’ by Carrie Hope Fletcher (available on Itunes) came on randomly as I was reading the last few pages of this book and I think it was the perfect accompaniment to such a heartfelt story.  Never has a book made me catch my own breath so many times before. A wonderous love story that comes back to Earth with a bump. The back reads:

 ‘Sophie May has a secret. One she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum amd working in the little teashop.

 But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamourous – but ruthless – world.

 Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation? ‘

Intriguing until the last word, heartfelt and heart-warming: pick up a copy of the book ( and download the song (The Way We Were - Carrie Hope Fletcher) to see what I mean. See if you agree with me?

 The story reminds me of how self-obsessed we are as human beings. There is so much that happens in our lives but likewise in others. There’s a reason everyone does what they do and so, especially if we’re a stranger to a situation, we have no right to judge. We all live in our little bubbles until something big comes along and we realise, as Sophie does, just how selfish we can be. Everyone has their own story to tell and sometimes it’s good to just stop, take a step back and listen because we may miss out on the greatest times of our lives, while we are trying to create them.

Gi is a first time novelist, and when she sparks spectacular sparkles like these, I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the future.



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